The NWS has issued a region-wide flood watch that runs through Tuesday, warning of several rivers that could pose a danger to people and property.
In its Hydrological Outlook released Friday afternoon, the Meteorological Service said, “Given the saturated soils and recent rains, we have seen rapid response in all creeks and creeks, with major rivers rising rapidly. , which will result in widespread flooding early next week.”
The Russian River in the Guerneville area of the North Bay could reach flood stage by Monday evening, and further south in Monterey County, the Carmel River could reach its stage by Monday afternoon, with the Pajaro and The Salinas River could reach it by Tuesday.
The Weather Service said multiple other rivers in the region, including San Jose’s Napa and Guadalupe rivers, could reach a less severe “monitoring phase” as early as Monday.
Niles Canyon Road still closed
After being hit by storms this week, Niles Canyon Road may remain closed for another week.
Canyon Road, which connects Fremont and Sunol, also known as Highway 84, has been hit by storms over the past seven days. Mudslides, landslides and debris littered the highway.
Niles Canyon Road is closed between Old Canyon Road in Fremont (just east of Mission Boulevard) and Main Street in Sunol. The scenic highway is regularly used as an alternative to Interstate 680.
8.5 inches of snow in 24 hours
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab said they detected 8.5 inches of fresh snow in the 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday morning.
A researcher in Soda Springs, the Sierra Nevada, tweeted on Sunday morning that the snow count was slightly lower than forecast, but it’s still on track as wet conditions are expected to arrive early next week. Snow may increase.
“Although we had less snow than expected this weekend, the storm windows are still open and heavy snow is expected for Monday/Tuesday, with storms for the foreseeable future,” Snowlab tweeted.